RGB From Each System

This section will show you the best way to get RGB from each system, as well as which versions of each system outputs the best quality!  Some sections are more comprehensive then others, but I tried to add info on almost all of the retro-consoles.

Some systems only require an RGB cable and others require modifications.  I provide links and how-to instructions for each system so everything you need to know is all here, easy to find in one place.  Also, I complied a list of every tool you may need in the tools section of this site.  If a guide suggests using a tool and you're not sure where to get it, check the tools page.

Here are each of the systems, broken down by manufacturer.  There are many other systems I'd love to test, but unfortunately, I don't have the money to buy them all.  Hopefully I'll stumble across some cheap ones, or maybe someone will be nice enough to donate them: 


Super Nintendo
Tons of info on my favorite classic console!

SNES RGB Cables / csync

Which version of the SNES is the best?



Sega Genesis

Which Genesis version is the best?

RGB cables for each version

Sega Genesis 1 Stereo Audio Mod
Sega CD - Proper audio wiring

Correct cable to use with 32x


The NES doesn't natively output RGB, but this page shows how to modify your NES to do it, as well as picture comparisons of how awesome it looks when you do.

Sega Master System
RGB info, as well as which version to get.

Sega Master System FM Audio
A description of how to get FM audio from your SMS!


This page has all the info you'd need on which N64's can be used with each mod, as well as different mods available.

Sega Saturn

Information and comparison pics on why the Saturn versions.  Also, RGB cable information.

Game Boy

This page has information about the Nintendo Game Boy line of systems, as well as which model is the best and how to display them on a TV.


Game Boy Advance

TONS of GBA info, including comparisons and TV-out info.  Every GBA fan should check this page out!

Game Gear

The Sega Game Gear can output RGB, but requires a modification.  There are also multiple versions available.


Information on getting the best quality output from your GameCube.

Sega Dreamcast

Information on the Dreamcast VGA box, as well as RGB-out.

Nintendo Wii

Information on Wii RGB-out, as well as comparing the Wi'i's virtual console games to the originals.

Atari 2600

The Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 systems require modifications, but can output RGB, S-Video and composite.

Atari Jaguar

The Jaguar outputs RGB natively and only requires a cable.  

If you're a fan of the game Tempest 2000, the Jaguar version allows a rotary / spinner controller to be used.

Atari Lynx

There is a video-out mod, as well as LCD mods available for both model Lynx handheld systems.


The ColecoVision can be modded for RGB-out, but the only output from the factory is low-quality RF.


The 3DO requires a mod for RGB, but does offer S-Video output.


TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine systems can output RGB with a modification.


All versions of the NeoGeo home console should output RGB with just a cable.

Neo Geo Pocket

There is a front-light mod available for the NGP, but no TV-out mod.  There is a rare dev kit available called the K2_VIDEO which will output RGB.

Philips CDi

Some CDi systems can output RGB with a modification.  Many output S-Video natively, which is also a good solution.

Sony Playstation

Every version of the Playstation should output RGB with just a cable.


All Intellivision systems only offered RF-output, but there is an RGB mod available.

More to Come!Check back often, as I'll always try to add new RGB mods! 

If you need detailed technical info on any of the above systems (or any I don't have listed), I suggest checking out the following sites:

GameSX- This site has techincal info for almost every system!  It also has a list of systems and available mods, so if you can't find what you're looking for on this page, check the ones below:
http://www.gamesx.com/         /         http://www.gamesx.com/wiki/doku.php?id=matrix

240p Test Suite - If you'd like to calibrate your display directly from your console, this software will be a huge help.  I've also used it to test lag on displays and upscalers: 
http://junkerhq.net/xrgb/index.php/240p_test_suite  /  http://junkerhq.net/xrgb/index.php/240p_test_suite#Versions

Consoledatabase.com - This site has great info on each of the classic systems.  Also, it maintains a FAQ on all the systems that has an amazing amount of info on each:

MMMonkey - A site with tons of hardware mods:

Also, there are great forums around with helpful people.  I'd read everything in this guide before posting questions (so people aren't posting the same beginner questions over and over), but if you're ever stuck, check out the forums at: shmups.com, smspower.org, sega-16.com, assemblergames.com and racketboy.com.

Feel free to head back to the main page for more retro-awesomeness!